(Image courtesy pgatour.com, tournament information courtesy PGA Tour)
Buckeye alum Tee-K Kelly, a team member of PGA Latinoamérica Tour, played in the Mackenzie Tour (PGA Canada) and PGA Latinoamérica match play event this past weekend. The event, the Aruba Cup was held in, well, Aruba. Nice work, if you can get it.
The Thursday matches were four-ball. The Friday matches were foursome and the Saturday matches were individual play. Each team consisted of ten (10) players. There are a total of 20 points in play. Most point wins. How’d Tee-K and his team do?
Tee-K and his playing partner Brian Richey played Team Mackenzie players Patrick Newcomb and Johnny Ruiz. four-ball is a fairly “relaxed” form of team match play. Each player plays his own ball tee to hole-out and each player can play “his own game”. It’s a good format.
Tee-K and his partner never held the lead and were beaten 4&2. They were 2-down at the turn and and were down 3 with 3 to play (never a good situation). Newcomb-Ruiz parred the 16th hole to Kelly’-Richey’s bogey to end the match.
Team Latinoamérica didn’t have a very good Thursday and were down 3.5 – 1.5 after four-ball play.
On Friday, Tee-K teamed with Jose de Jesus Rodriguez vs Lee McCoy and Chase Wright. This is an alternative shot format where, for example, Tee-K would hit the first shot, Jose would hit the second shot and they would alternate until they holed out. Things can get a bit anxiety prone in foursome format. This is the format where, if you’re a bit wild with your driver, you hit a 3-wood off the tee. Woe be unto you if you out your partner in a dicey position. (Especially if you’re playing in a mixed event and your wife is your partner.)
Tee-K and Jose lost a closely contested match 2-up. They were 1-up through six holes but were 1-down at the turn. Tee-K and Jose were 1-down after 17 holes and needed to win #18 to halve the match and at least get a half point for their team. Nope, the barbarians from the north birdied the last hole to claim the match.
Team Latinoamérica lost Friday’s foursomes 3 to 2 and after two days the matches were 6.5 – 3.5 in favor of Mackenzie Tour. Team Latinoamérica will have to win 7 of the 10 Individual matches on Saturday to win the Aruba Cup.
In singles play, Tee-K played Jordan Niebrugge. I’m a believer that par is your friend, and Tee-K shot an even par 35 on the front nine to take a 3-up lead at the turn. ( I can tell you, 3-up at the turn is a nice position.) . Tee-K matched Jordan stroke for stroke through the first 6 holes of the back nine and held a 2-up lead with three holes to play. Tee-K birdied the 16th hole to close out the match, 3 & 2.
Team Latinoamérica won the singles 6 – 4 on Saturday, but overall lost the Aruba Cup 10.5 – 9.5. Tee-K finished the event with a record of 1-2-0.